Sha Na Na
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Sha Na Na at Woodstock
Performed on Day 3
Started at 7.30 am, Monday, 18th
Played for 30 min.
Further Information
Festival Day Chronology
Prev. artist Paul Butterfield Blues Band at 6.00 am
Next artist Jimi Hendrix at 9.00

Sha Na Na was a Rock & Roll act that featured dancers on stage. Even for 1969 they were anachronistic focusing on 50ies music and outfits. The group was founded in 1968 and didn't have an album contract by the time they played at Woodstock[1][2][3].

Sha Na Na was the next to last act of Woodstock succeeded by Jimi Hendrix. They performed at 7.30 in the morning of Monday, 18th of August.

Musicians Edit

  • Joe Witkin - keyboards and vocals
  • Jocko Marcellino - drums
  • Donald "Donny" York - vocals
  • Rob Leonard - vocals
  • Alan Cooper - vocals
  • Frederick "Dennis" Greene - vocals
  • Dave Garrett - vocals
  • Richard "Richie" Joffe - vocals
  • Scott Powell - vocals
  • Henry Gross - guitar
  • Bruce Clarke III - bass guitar
  • Elliot Cahn - rhythm guitar and vocals

Setlist Edit

  1. Get A Job
  2. Come Go With Me
  3. Silhuettes
  4. Teen Angel
  5. Jailhouse Rock (???)
  6. Wipe Out
  7. Blue Moon
  8. (Who Wrote) The Book of Love
  9. Little Darling
  10. At The Hop
  11. Duke Of Earl
  12. Get A Job (Reprise)

Details Edit

As the movie shows the audience was left amazed with Sha Na Na's music. The people who were still at the festival site were waiting for the final act, Jimi Hendrix. Instead they were treated with some Rock & Roll dancing act. Rob Leonard[4] and David Garrett[5] claimed that they were asked to play the Woodstock Festival based upon Jimi Hendrix's recommendation to the Woodstock producers after Mr. Hendrix saw Sha-Na-Na at Steve Paul's The Scene Club during the summer of 1969.

But Sha Na Na wasn't bad at all. In fact they were quite entertaining playing some old-fashioned Rock & Roll in the vein of Teen Pop and Doo Wop. At times they even break out with a short, fifties-style guitar solo for instance in the song "At the Hop". It's too bad that the Elvis Presley classic "Jailhouse Rock" isn't available.

Availability Edit

Only 12 minutes of recordings - which are already six songs - are available. Mostly they can be found on film outtakes. "At the Hop", which ends with the "Na Na Theme", is included in the movie and on the box-set. "Teen Angel" is available on the Woodstock 40th Anniversary DVD. "Duke of Earl" is available on Woodstock Diaries.

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Images Edit

The images mostly show the dancers/singers of Sha Na Na. If you have pictures of the other musicians please upload them!

References Edit

  1. All Music Guide - Sha Na Na biography
  2. English Wikipedia, article Sha Na Na
  3. Sha Na Na website
  4. Unpublished interview conducted by Jack Lokensky at a Starbucks coffee shop in Glen Cove, NY on November 22, 2009
  5. unpublished interview conducted by Jack Lokensky in the lobby of Mr. Garrett's New York City on November 22, 2009